News and Media

Check out the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) in the media and access the blog for more updates, highlights and feature stories:


  • Stef Wilenchek (GLBTA Programs Office) spoke with the MN Daily about the call for more gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus. (April 2016)
  • The launch of the Business Development Institute, sponsored by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development, was featured in the MN Spokesman-Recorder. (April 2016)
  • Mauriell Amechi spoke with the Iowa City Press-Citizen about the Huntley House for African American Men. (March 2016)
  • Shakeer Abdullah is featured in two stories in the MN Spokesman-Recorder. (March 2016)
  • Scott Marshall (Disability Resource Center) authored a "Perspectives" piece about the importance of accessibility for the Campus Climate website. (March 2016)
  • Aduramo Lasode, one of our 2015 SEED Award recipients, is featured on the International Student and Scholar Services website (March 2016)
  • Associate Vice Provost Virajita Singh spoke to the MN Daily about the U of M Twin Cities campus receiving designation as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, or AANAPISI. (February 2016)
  • Shakeer Abdullah spoke about the Huntley House for African American Men in a story about the University of Connecticut setting up a similar student community. (February 2016)
  • Doug Collins (Disability Resource Center) was featured in a MN Daily article about his participation in the Diverse Emerging Music Organization, DEMO. (January 2016)
  • Bill Solboe (Disability Resource Center) was highlighted in the #UMNDriven campaign for his work to turn his successful Music Mayhem game into a venture to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. (January 2016) 
  • Shakeer Abdullah talked with WCCO Radio's John Williams about the 35th Annual MLK Tribute Concert (the segment begins around 10:25). (January 2016)
  • The MN Daily wrote a story about the Disability Resource Center's hiring of two new staff members in response to increased demand for its services. The MN Daily Editorial Board also wrote an opinion piece in response, advocating for the DRC. (January 2016)
  • The UMN Graduate Ambassadors Program, sponsored by the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education, is featured on the Graduate School website. (January 2016)
  • Darryl Peal (Business & Community Economic Development) is quoted in a MinnPost article about a yearlong best practices report conducted in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Program in Health Disparities Research team and funded by the Office for Business and Community Economic Development’s Community Health Initiative. (December 2015)
  • Shakeer Abdullah is quoted in a Pioneer Press article about creating a welcoming climate for Muslim students at the U of M. (December 2015)
  • VP Katrice Albert is quoted in an article on the Campus Climate website about the U of M's new initiatives surrounding diversity in hiring practices. (December 2015)
  • Michael Goh (IDEA) is featured for his work as a Generation Next/UROC Faculty Fellow and his efforts find solutions to Minnesota’s achievement gap. (December 2015)
  • Pajau VangayAnish Chandak, and Luna Allen-Bakerian, three of the 2015 recipients of the Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award, are featured in the new #UMNDriven campaign on the U of M homepage. (December 2015)
  • Stef Wilenchek (GLBTA Programs Office) was quoted in a MN Daily article about Michael McConnell and Jack Baker, the country's first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license, and their donations to the Tretter Collection for GLBT Studies. (November 2015)
  • The Business Development Matchmaker, sponsored by Business & Community Economic Development, is highlighted in Insight News. (November 2015)
  • The Diversity Community of Practice (DCoP), facilitated by OED Assistant Vice Provost Virajita Singh, was highlighted on the Campus Climate website. (November 2015)
  • Stef Wilenchek (GLBTA Programs Office) was quoted in a MN Daily article about the long-term care needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual communities. (September 2015)
  • Mauriell Amechi talked about the CORE 2025 program on the Emmy-nominated show Urban Perspectives. (September 2015)
  • Kim Hewitt (Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action) was quoted in MPR and The Chronicle of Higher Education about the U of M's policy regarding affirmative consent. (September 2015)
  • The U of M-Twin Cities was recognized by the Campus Pride Index as one of the 50 most LGBTQ-inclusive campuses in the nation. Both the U of M homepage and City Pages covered the story.  (August 2015)
  • U of M American Indian resources were highlighted in Insight Into Diversity magazine; VP Katrice Albert is quoted. (July/August 2015)
  • Katrice Albert, a recipient of the 2015 Diversity in Business Award, was profiled in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. (July 2015)
  • Kim Hewitt (Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action) was quoted in a KARE11 story about the U of M's proposed policy regarding affirmative consent. (July 2015)


Stef Wilenchek (GLBTA Programs Office) spoke to the MN Daily about people now being allowed to use their preferred names on their U Card. (June 2015)

Disability Compliance for Higher Education interviewed Donna Johnson about the work of the Disability Resource Center. (June 2015)

Kaity Hagen, a Disability Resource Center Student Ambassador, is featured in a short MN Daily documentary about her experiences as a Deaf student at the U of M. (May 2015)

The inaugural VIP Weekend recruitment weekend for students of color is featured on KARE 11, on the U of M homepage, and in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. (May 2015)

The first Minnesota Men of Color Think Tank is highlighted in MinnPost. (May 2015)

The MN Daily covered the Queer Indigenous and People of Color Conference, sponsored by the GLBTA Programs Office. (April 2015)

Kimberly Hewitt (EOAA) appeared on MN Public Radio with Joelle Stangler, President of the Minnesota Student Association to discuss campus sexual assaults. (April 2015)

Associate Vice Provost Michael Goh is featured in the College of Education and Human Development's Connect magazine. Goh hosts a multicultural meal during the last session of his Intercultural Education and Training class. (Spring 2015)

Lavender magazine highlights the inaugural Upper Midwest Queer Indigenous and People of Color Conference, sponsored by the GLBTA Programs Office. (March 2015)

Insight News profiles Darryl Peal, the new Executive Director of the Office for Business and Community Economic Development. (March 2015)

The U of M College of Science and Engineering highlights the work of the NorthStar STEM Alliance. (February 2015)

Associate Vice Provost Michael Goh is quoted in a MN Daily article about hiring faculty members from underrepresented backgrounds. (February 2015)

Jason Jackson (GLBTA Programs Office) is featured in a KFAI Radio Fresh Fruit segment about masculinity and the documentary film The Mask You Live In. (February 2015)

Dr. Katrice Albert is featured in Minnesota magazine. (Winter 2015)

The U of M Graduate School profiles the work of Derek Maness (Office for Diversity in Graduate Education) in recruiting underrepresented graduate students. (August 2014)

Jason Jackson (GLBTA Programs Office) is featured in the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) "Our Voices" series for his leadership and community activism. (August 2014)


Check out this article by the U of M Foundation about the Puckett Scholars Program, which celebrates its 20-year anniversary in 2014. (June 2014)

Great coverage by WCCO about deaf hip-hop artist Sean Forbes, whose concert sponsored by OED's Disability Resource Center drew over 600 people. (May 2014)

MN Daily article on Tongues Untied, a group for LGBTQ people of color which is a part of OED's GLBTA Programs Office. (May 2014)

VP Katrice Albert is quoted in a MN Daily article about faculty and staff diversity at the U. (March 2014)

The MN Daily features a story about VP Katrice Albert's strategic priorities around equity and diversity. (February 2014)

The U of M is numbered among the 25 best colleges and universities for LGBT students, and OED's GLBTA Programs Office is highlighted in this Buzzfeed article. (February 2014)

OED's Director of Retention Initiatives, Patrick Troup, is quoted in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder article featuring the Huntley House for African American Men. (July 2013)

Great Minnesota Daily article featuring recently graduated SMSC Scholars. (July 2013)

UMNews article on OED's new vice president for equity and diversity, Dr. Katrice Albert. (July 2013)

Article from MN Daily's Branden Largent on Dr. Katrice Albert. (July 2013)


OED's associate vice president Kris Lockhart is quoted in a MN Daily article about the DREAM Act passing in the state Senate. (May 2013)

Check out the Pioneer Press article on the Growth Accelerator Program for small businesses, directed by OED's Office for Business & Community Economic Development. (March 2013)

The MN Daily published an article highlighting the Critical Conversation panel discussion about invisible disabilities. (January 2013)

Dr. Katrice Albert will become the University of Minnesota's Vice President for Equity and Diversity in June 2013. Access her interview on KFAI Radio, or stories about her appointment in the MN Daily or Insight News. (December 2012)